Can I Get a Witness?

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Exodus 34:5-7a (NKJV) – Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…

 

I don’t know exactly from where, but I remember hearing that phrase, “Can I get a witness?” when a preacher was saying something he felt should resonate with his congregation, asking, “Haven’t you had the same experience? Come on, let everyone know you know what I’m talking about!”  I believe this may be my last post for a while because it’s obvious God is moving us to a new season in our life.  I felt the Lord speaking to me this time last year to begin this blog and it has been one of the coolest things He’s allowed me to do.  You’ve walked with me in the most amazing point in my journey with our Abba, our heavenly Daddy.  I realized that I didn’t know Him the way I needed to, really seeing Him as He is which is loving and gracious, kind and immeasurably good.  I know it will take the rest of my life and into eternity to understand this more and more because I’m sure what I’ve learned this last year just scratches the surface.  But, I have been changed, with the exception of being saved, this is the most I’ve changed in my entire life.  Thank you Abba!

Over one year ago, God put Ed and I on a journey that we didn’t understand and that seemed fraught with peril, uncertainty and its share of fear.  I was laid off after working 20 years for essentially the same company going from a part-time receptionist back in 1990 to running the entire facility management organization.  We were a one income family, mine, with a house up in  Connecticut that we had been trying to sell for a year with no results, a home here in Florida and I was beyond burned out.  Over this last year God has spent such quality time with Ed and I and revealed to us the many, many places where our trust was in so many other things besides Him.  We know now that daily we need Him, more like minute by minute, and we realize that He is the goal, not a job or career, not financial success or having amazing children (although we do!).  No, none of those things are the prize, it’s Jesus and we are committed to going only after Him and realize we can only do that with His help.

Ok, are you ready for what God has done?  I hope you’re sitting down because in our wildest hopes this last year, we couldn’t have expected how He accomplished it.  He is just so amazing.  It began a little over a month ago when a good friend that I used to work for reached out to me to be a reference for him for a position that he was applying for.  I was happy to do so and a few weeks went by and one Friday afternoon just a few short weeks ago, that call came in.  The manager for that position began asking me about my friend, how we knew each other, was describing the role and asking how all the pieces fit.  It was interesting because she and I immediately connected.  As the conversation went on, little by little it became apparent that she was actually very interested in me for the position and I was becoming interested, the first time in a long time, in it as well.  God was orchestrating something in the most unique way.  She and I spoke for an hour and at the end of the call I was going to talk to Ed about the role, and she was going to schedule to fly me out the next week to interview with her boss, the CFO (chief financial officer) and a few others.  And get this!  She was going to be on vacation, so I wouldn’t even get to meet her in person when I was doing the interviews.  Long story short, God handled every single step and meeting and from the time she and I spoke exactly two weeks later I had received and accepted a job offer.  What?!  Now you’re probably wondering about my friend, right?!  He and I have since spoken and while he was very interested in the position, God actually opened up another door for him that he is very excited about and he loved the way God used him to bring this miracle about!  So cool and I can already tell I’m going to love this place!

Now this new position is in Dallas and we still have our home in Florida, which we put on the market a month and a half ago because we just wanted to have everything out on the table before God.  We also still have the house in Connecticut and now we’re going to need to rent something in Dallas, how is that going to work?  Thank the Lord that we’ve learned what we’ve learned because we didn’t even bat an eyelash.  We’ve felt perfect peace knowing that God was more than able to lay out all that we needed to take care of that.  Ed and I just got back a couple of days ago from our 30th anniversary trip (I know, can you believe it?  30 years!!) and the day we were returning we had a showing (0ne of many since we’ve listed it).  The next day we had a second showing (this was the first second visit of a perspective buyer that we’d had).  Unbeknownst to us when we returned after the showing, they were still in the house…what?!  Another God ordained appointment.  We spent 10-15 minutes speaking with them and their agent and they were the nicest couple.  The next morning I get a call from our realtor, they are putting in an offer, actually a CASH offer, they want to close by October 25 and the offer is very close to what Ed and I were hoping to sell the house for.  Isn’t that incredible??!!  If we had any doubts about the job and moving (and we didn’t) God couldn’t have made it more clear that He was directing our steps.

Wow!  When I got the call on the sale of the house yesterday morning I felt almost dazed, my mind on tilt.  Now I have a little taste of what the psalmist meant when he penned Psalms 126, Psalm 126:1-2 (AMP)  When the Lord brought back the captives [who returned] to Zion, we were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal].   Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.  We had a feeling that when God transitioned us that it would be suddenly, but that just doesn’t prepare you for when it actually happens.  We just can’t wrap our human minds around the ways of God, but I am so thankful for them!

Now I want to thank you.  Thank you for starting this journey with me.  I pray that you have been blessed as much as I have in what God has revealed to us in these posts, I am truly humbled .  I pray that you continue with me in this press into knowing your Heavenly Father more deeply every day.  See Jesus and His indescribable work at the cross as the highest price paid for us to be in fellowship with our Heavenly Father, I don’t want to waste another moment.  Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you and comfort you and be that ever present help in time of need (and we are at every moment a needy people!!).  Daily.  Join me in tending your soul daily, enjoying God’s presence and being used by Him to bless others and to be blessed by others.  I am and you are and together we are…our Father’s daughters!!

A Daughter’s Prayer:  Abba, human words cannot express my thankfulness and gratefulness.  Not because of what you’ve done, although that is such a testimony of who You are, and that is why I am grateful and thankful.  Thank you for revealing to me who You really are and peeling away layers of misconceptions and wrong thinking.  While this side of heaven I will see through a glass darkly, but because of this time the glimmers are brighter and the image becoming clearer.  Abba, help me as we enter this next chapter to glorify you in all that we do and may we be a living example of Jesus to a world that is lost in darkness and in need of Him.  Greater.  Greater are you than anything that we see before us and we trust You to work Your plan in and through us as we look and as we point…to You.

One thought on “Can I Get a Witness?

  1. Kari, thank you for sharing your journey! You are, and have been, a Witness of how we are safe in His arms. He is our safety net! Turning to Him in our hours of need, listening, praising, and then sharing, these are the ultimate places for us to be in Him as our lives unfold and we trust in His plan for us!

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